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It was Jenny's idea for Pete to play alongside his daughter, Tennessee, who plays drums in The Like and the line-up was completed by Ms. Lewis' beau, Johnathan Rice on guitar and vocals and their pal, "Farmer" Dave Scher on pedal steel and vocals with Jason Lader manning the controls.
So, I went down to Los Angeles for the day and we cut a couple of versions of a song Rice had written for Jenny's record plus two songs of mine, one of which I wrote on the eve of the session. Some rock and roll music is better if you don't think too hard on it.
In the absence of a full-time keyboard player, "Farmer" Dave and I split the organ duties, on an old Acetone. I especially liked the vocal harmonies that Jenny, Rice, Davey and "Farmer" Dave cooked up for "Drum & Bone".
Ms. Lewis sang the entire harmony part of "Go Away" in the vocal booth with me, while the band played in the studio, lead by Rice's guitar part and the drumming of Thomas, Peré et Fille. That was Take Two. Then we went home...
I'd been telling people that I was done with recording and believed it myself. This record date reminded me that it wasn't making music in the studio that made me miserable but the nonsense that predictably follows in what we laughingly call the "music business". So I decided to change it and my mind. That's what I do.
We booked Sound City Studio in Van Nuys for six days of February and cut the eight new songs that I had written in the weeks following Jenny's January session.
We also recorded "Song With Rose", the lyrics of which I wrote with Rosanne Cash and "Pardon Me, Madam, My Name Is Eve" a title that was given to me by Loretta Lynn, while we were writing some songs together, late last year. I had first played these two songs an autumnal tour, opening up for Bob Dylan, although I think they sound a little different now.
I called Steve Nieve in from Paris and asked our friend, David Hildalgo to add little guitar to "Flutter & Wow". He also played viola and then added Hildalguera to "My Three Sons".
The Imposters and I recorded a number of songs as a quartet, including "American Gangster Time", "Mr. Feathers" and "Pardon Me, Madam, My Name Is Eve" and "Harry Worth" which is not actually about the beloved English television funnyman but a true story nonetheless.
Jenny, Rice, "Farmer" Dave and their pal, the guitarist, Jonathan Wilson came back in for a couple more days and to add their voices to the new songs. We had a ball making up the parts for the vocal "supergroup" to which everyone contributed.
The live band for "Turpentine" and "Song For Rose" got up to nonet. That was a fine old noise.
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Dedicated fan that I am, the past 20+ years have revealed an aim more haphazard than true. But its been quite a spell since EC rolled up his sleeves & got his fingers dirty with some good old fashioned Rock & Roll. Which is why Momofuku is so refreshing. Recorded in a couple of weeks last February the intention was to release this first & foremost on vinyl. Sides I & II & all. "A big middle finger to shallow download culture". Kudos Elvis.
No Place To Hide is a strong kick off & its almost as if The Attractions have reunited after 10 years---sans Bruce Thomas of course. The lyric, "whatever I said, it was never behind your back" pretty much sums up what must be Costello's most straightforward album in years. American Gangster Time keeps the ball up in the air propelled by Steve Neive's pulsing organ. Its great to hear Nieve blow off some steam for a change---rather than being regulated to tickling the ivories.
Go Away has the same reckless abandon missing since Blood & Chocolate. Elsewhere Harry Worth wryly touches on Tropicana territory while, the quirky charms of Mr. Feathers can't help but bring Sgt. Pepper's to mind. To these ears, Drum & Bone comes off like a spliced up mix of Complicated Shadows & Monkey To A Man. Catchy as it is, My Three Sons has to be one of the most unabashedly sentimental ballads Costello has penned to date. And where lyrically Flutter & Wow doesn't quite live up to it's title & melody, the likes of Song With Rose & My Name Is Eve are strong efforts that seem strangely out of place here.
So is this Costello's best since Blood & Chocolate? Brutal Youth? Useless Beauty? When I Was Cruel?Read more ›
5 days later: True to my expectations I now cannot get "American Gangster Time" out of my head. Steve Nieve's almost percussive organ turns a great tune into an outstanding one.
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Elvis Costello's 2008 album "Momofuku" is really Costello back to basics. No refined arrangements, but simple basic rock/pop music which is really what Costello does best. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Morten Vindberg
After several years without a new solo release,I'm sure I couldn't have been the only one wondering if Elvis Costello had finally decided to retire. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Lunar Boulevard
I would definitely recommend this album to Costello fans who don't know it. Much as I always love Elvis' experiments and shifts in musical personality, it is the classic Elvis... Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Oliver Childs
The last great Elvis Costello record. Great tunes and clever melodies. Some of his best work. And one of two essential albums from the last decade or so, the other being When I Was... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Cazador
I was reluctant to get yet another Elvis Costello ablum, having become slightly bored with his recordings in the past decade or so, but this album is absolutely wonderful! Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
This album is so good, if you are new to elvis Costello or have been listening to him for years this is an album that redefined his sound...so elvis and yet so different. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by James M. Stith
this is a good elvis record, however i bought the vinyl copy and the pressing is atrocious, warped, scratchy sounding, not what i would expect for a 180 gram audiophile pressing,... Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Rick D. Hargraves
What do we want from Elvis Costello, we selfish, spoiled long-time fans, the very people the Brutal Youth tour t-shirt pointedly accused of getting "more than you... Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Paul De Zan
"No Hiding Place" starts things off rather weakly with a less than memorable melody and a lyric that says very little. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by J. Carroll